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GATESOL Advocacy


On April 27, 2021, GATESOL joined with LCF Georgia, GALAS, and GALEO to publish a call for action from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. We ask that GaPSC acknowledge that all K-12 teacher preparation programs should require ESOL courses, including cultural and linguistic knowledge and methods that reflect current research and best practices in teaching multilingual learners.

   CLICK to view the video with quotes from educators.                  CLICK to view the full statement.

On March 27, 2021, GATESOL made a statement, standing in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community urging Georgia’s K-12, higher education, and adult learning campuses to act to provide safe and supportive environments for AAPI staff and students. 

CLICK HERE to read the full advocacy statement.

On March 25, 2021, GATESOL joined with GALEO, GALAS, and CLF Georgia to call for Georgia colleges and universities to include critical TESOL instruction in all teacher preparation degree programs.

CLICK HERE to view the statement. 

On December 22, 2020, GATESOL reached out to Superintendent Richard Woods and the Georgia Board of Education with concerns for teacher and student safety during ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 administration in this critical point in the pandemic.

CLICK HERE to view the open letter.


 Diane Staehr-Fenner (3rd from left)
Kendra M. Castelow (2nd from right)
June 2016


 Office of Senator Johnny Isakson 
(From Left to Right) Aubrey (Aide), Garlfar Andrews (Georgia), Michael Black (Legislative Aide for Sen. Isakson), Anthony Dahlen (GATESOL), and Kendra M. Castelow (GATESOL)
June 2016

Kendra M. Castelow (GATESOL) and Lisa Porter (Georgia) 

June 2017

Georgia TESOL

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